I agree to a point with you. Yes, what a kid gets out of education is what they put into it- but what motivates them? Answer- Involved parents who work with them and teachers who have the time to teach and work more with the child.Yes, a good early start is important. But that still doesn't take away the fact that a private elementary and private high school alone doesn't make you a better job candidate in the real world. Still doesn't take away the fact that having a high school diploma from a private high school makes you no better than a good student at a public high school in terms of the real world. Parents can want all they wanbt from their kids, but in the end, it comes down to what the kid puts into it. You're not condemning a child because you aren't putting them in a private elementary school, you would be surprised how the subjects they are learning are very similar. It's more impressive coming from a public school because it shows the child doesn't need extra attention, they can thrive in a real world environment.
Yes, subjects are similar- they are all state mandated minimums. What I see, on the whole though, is a rush to teach only the minimums in a public school. The private school my child attends has provided a more personal and, IMO deeper, education on the subjects.
I go back to an original point. If public schools functioned more like private schools both fiscally and educationally, then they would be better for the child and taxpayer. Unfortunately, we have too much governmental involvement and union interference to get anything done at this time.